If your thyroid is underactive,
you are not alone. Of all the problems that can
undermine health, none is more common (or more likely
to be overlooked) than an underactive thyroid gland.
And, unfortunately, if your thyroid doesn't work
right, the rest of your body doesn't, either.
The incredibly broad range of symptoms
of an underactive thyroid gland emits makes it really
hard for even a physician to diagnose without a
proper lab test. Often lab results do not help either.
There are many people that suffer
from hypothyroidism, the medical term for the condition,
that do not have lab results out of the norm. They
may have a thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level
that falls in the normal range, but still suffer
from an underactive gland.
An underactive thyroid can certainly
lead to other health problems and to our efforts
to achieve a maximum life span. Thyroid hormone
replacement therapy can safely, effectively and
inexpensively treat your condition.
A simple 10-minute test performed
at home can indicate if you are suffering from a
subclinical thyroid condition. It will measure your
Basal Metabolic Temperature, known as BMT. Provided
you have no infections or other conditions that
may affect the test, here's how you can check:
1. Before going to sleep, shake
a thermometer and place it within reach of your
bed. (Shaking it in the morning, when you awake,
will raise your temperature and affect the test.)
2. Make sure it is a Basal Thermometer
(more acurate thermometer), not a digital instrument.
3. When you awake, place the thermometer
under your armpit; leave it there for 10 minutes.
Lie as still as possible. Do not get up or move
around, as this would also raise your temperature.
4. After 10 minutes, record your
temperature. Do this for at least three days.
If your temperature consistently
falls below 97.8º, you likely have an underactive
thyroid. A normal BMT reading will be between 97.8º
and 98.2º. If your self-test indicates a low
thyroid, it is time to go see a good physician.
So, why would your thyroid gland's
function be so important to your health? The hormone
produced by the gland travels to each cell of your
body and establishes the rate of that cell's metabolism.
In other words, it tells the cell how fast to work.
If you produce too little of the
hormone, your cells get sluggish. If the cell is
a nerve cell, your thinking may slow down or depression
may set in. If the cell is a muscle cell, your strength
declines. If the cell is an intestinal cell, your
digestion may be affected.
The immune system is especially
vulnerable to low thyroid performance. White blood
cell production may slow down and cells that fight
infections may lose their aggressiveness.
If you feel you have a compromised
thyroid, see your doctor. They will order a test
that measures your level of TSH and a test for your
antithyroid antibody, which will determine if your
immune system is trying to fight your thyroid.
If this test falls out of the norm
and there are symptoms that indicate to them that
you might have hypothyroid, it will more than likely
confirm the diagnosis.
"Iodine has many positive
therapeutic actions. It is a potent anti-infective
agent. No virus, bacteria or parasite has been shown
to be resistant to iodine therapy,” writes Dr. Brownstein.
This is an incredible statement but one that can
easily be backed by hardcore medical science. It
is the reason hospitals use iodine by the gallon
and in reality the only reason hospitals are not
like ground zero sites contaminated in an infectious
sense is because of iodine's broad spectrum anti-infective
Few are the doctors who have realized
that iodine can be taken internally in large quantities
and that it will have the same effect internally
as it does on external surfaces. The
fact that the entire focus of vaccines is anti-viral,
that bacterial infections are becoming more threatening
and more antibiotic resistant, we might begin to
realize how iodine can again become a doctor’s